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deal only raises $600 billion over ten years, $60 billion a year, and if you look at the sandy package that's coming up, that's $60 billion. that money is already spent and we're still borrowing $ trillion. the governor hits the right tone, people have been afraid to look for the common ground. i happen to be a simpson bowles supporter. we need the big deal to fix the country. >> many people don't appreciate the fact, don't understand the fact when we talk about the debt ceiling, we're talking about bills accrued. this gets complicated in the messaging is my point. >> sure. but i think it will be clear to the american public by the time the debt ceiling -- it will be clear. wall street will make it clear, banking community will make it clear. what the ramifications are to americans by not lifting the debt ceiling. are you right, mike. all this is about as the president said is paying for the bills that congress has already voted to fund. and it's not lifting the debt ceiling to pay for future spending, it's to pay for the bills we've already accrued. but regardless of that. regardless
outcry and political pressure, congress will vote today on a $9 billion hurricane sandy relief bill. relief many say is long overdue. >>> turn for the worst, venezuelan officials admit hugo chavez is battling respiratory failure, now calling their leader's status severe. >>> and trapped on thin ice. two teenagers stuck in the middle of a frozen life, clinging to a dead tree for hours. their dramatic rescue just ahead. >>> wow. good morning. welcome to "early start." we're happy you're with us. i'm zoraida sambolin. >> i'm christine romans. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. >> we begin this morning with a snowy mess in west texas. conditions are so bad that large portions of interstate 10 between el paso and ft. stockton were closed overnight. do they really get a lot of snow? they've gotten record snow in that area. >> you're absolutely right. it was really the spaghetti bowl on i-10. the biggest problem where were the icy bridges and overpasses. that's what closed portions of the road. those roads have since been reopened. now, el paso picked up 2.9 inches. believe it or not, it's not ou
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get worse. will the flu shot help now? >>> damage control. more than two months after superstorm sandy, billions of dollars of help for the victims who lost so much. some say it's too little, too late. >>> remarkable recovery. malala leaving the hospital after nearly being killed by the taliban. tonight she's walking and inspiring people around the world. >>> and what's wrong with this picture? what happened after the women of the hill posed for a photo and why it's getting so much attention tonight. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >> good evening, i'm lester holt in tonight for brian, who will be back monday. a lot of americans are spending this first week of the new year flat on their backs, taken down by the flu in numbers we typically wouldn't see until much later in the winter. and according to the centers for disease control, those numbers are rapidly climbing with a peak nowhere in sight. the government reports as of a week ago, flu cases were widespread in 41 states. that's 10 more stat
. newark star, christy rips g.o.p. on sandy bill delay, cnn called it a bombshell. is that too much drama, jim? >> well, i mean, it works for christie, doesn't it? the governor of new jersey has now set himself up as a sort of triangulated figure looking down with mostly scorn at both the democrats and the republicans and in terms of the middle of the country, which feels very anti-congress and is sort of worried about the country's direction as a whole and not all that keen on president obama either, it's a pretty good position to be in. >> jon: he does have to rin for reelection. the decision to delay the vote to make sure that the money was being well-spent, i know bill crystal defended it in the weekly standard, anybody else? >> oh, no, i think it's indefensible. if we're going to start talking about well-spent money you might as well shut down the entire congress. come on, this was clearly a political move. there was a response to a political move that was genuine, not only by chris christie, but by pete king, who said the same thing, disaster money should not be politicized and i th
. >>> still ahead, paul ryan votes to let sandy victims suffer without relief money. but he wasn't always so cold. we have a hi pock ra si alert coming. plus, secretary of state hillary clinton back to work together but we're still walting for the apology e polg at the claims he'll question or he'll miss,even for them, ilgts's really lame. you're watching "politics nation" right here on msnbc. ♪ [ male announcer ] shift the balance of power decisively in your favor. the exclusive 8-speed transmission and rotary shifter in the 2013 ram 1500. engineered to move heaven and earth. guts. glory. ram. the new ram 1500. motor trend's 2013 truck of the year. ♪ [ male announcer ] this is karen and jeremiah. they don't know it yet, but they're gonna fall in love, get married, have a couple of kids, [ children laughing ] move to the country, and live a long, happy life together where they almost never fight about money. [ dog barks ] because right after they get married, they'll find some retirement people who are paid on salary, not commission. they'll get straightforward guidance and be able to fo
. >> first piece of business. a bill to provide aid to victims of superstorm sandy. >> there's no need for drama, no need for drama, and we don't want it. >>> they come out with a jobs report in hopes of high growth. >>> it's day 2 for the children of sandy hook elementary school. >>> former congresswoman gabby giffords plans to meet with the families of victims of newtown. >>> here we go. if you need help on your picks, let me know. >> are you with that woman there? anybody else want to be sworn in as a senator? >>> a heavy snow. 6 to 8 inches already on the ground. >>> two teenaged boys hanging on for dear life to a dead tree for two hours. dangerous rescue. the boys are now being treated for hypothermia. >>> the final score, 35-17. >> all that -- >> throws it down. >> if you don't like that haircut, you should see my bikini wax. >> -- and all that matters. >> we wonder why don and i weren't invited to it. >> i saw that and i never realized ray romano was bigger than me. >> -- "cbs this morning." >> president obama used a device called the auto pen to sign the fiscal pen because he's
over hurricane sandy relief funding. take a look at how the fiscal cliff vote broke down by region. the fiscal cliff vote. john writes about it in the in you republic. i love these numbers. all in all, 85 republicans voted for the senate resolution and 151 voted against it. the opposition was centered in the old south, southern republicans opposed the measure by 83 to 10. 83 to 10 do down south. the delegations from alabama, mississippi, georgia, virginia, and tennessee, and south carolina were unanimously opposed. in the east, the northeast, house republicans were 24 to 1 in favor, with new york and pennsylvania unanimous. well, the danger for the gop is it's becoming a religious sectional ultra conservative party great at winning and holding gerrymandered seats but too willing to sacrifice entire regions of the country. former congress chris shays is a republican from connecticut and howard fineman is editorial director of "the huffington post" as well as an msnbc political analyst and our pal and my pal. look, chris shays, it's great to have you on because you have always been m
to express outrage over the handling of financial aid for sandy victims. although about $9 billion was released a vote for another 50 billion is set off until next week. the white house has just released a picture of the president signing the first bill into law earlier today. joining me now new jersey democratic congressman whose district includes long branch, union beach. good to have you. you said you are not satisfied by the process here even though that a vote has been set. are you convinced that vote will happen on the 15th or do you think it will take longer? >> i am not convinced it will happen on the 15th. we have to get the senate to pass the total package and the vote on the 15th is being divided into two different amendments. we have major hurdles here and the result is more delay. more delay means that the shore doesn't get rebuilt fast enough. >> what do you think is happening? >> i think it is the right wing. we call them tea party republicans and speaker boehner said you are voting for me for speaker the next day so we are not bringing it up until after it is over w
a devastating tornado. man: and now we're helping the t recover from hurricane sandy. we're a leading global insurance company, based right here in america. we've repaid every dollar america lent us. everything, plus a profit of more than $22 billion. for the american people. thank you, america. helping people recover and rebuild -- that's what we do. now let's bring on tomorrow. >> welcome back to hannity, now, the white house and those on the left try to figure out how to restrict the rights of gun owners and we have a bone chilling 911 tape that every american needs to hear. accord to go police, belinda herman and her two children, nine-year-old twins, were home alon when an intruder broke into her house use ago crowbar. they went into hiding inside their house in an attic and melinda called her husband not home at the time. he called the police and coaching her during the home invasion, listen to the chilling tragedy: >> so, joining me now with reaction to what is hailed as an example after model gun owner, juan williams, co-host of "the five", kimberly guilfoyle. >> hi. >> sean: there
for the first time since super storm sandy hit. over 100 certificates deeming the home safe to live in were handed out and residents were told they don't have to follow a 10 p.m. curfew anymore. good news for those folks. >>gretchen: by now we've seen that map posted by a new york newspaper pinpointing local gun homeowner addresses. guards and families information appears ton that map. a rockland county sherrif appears about all of that. we were expressing in the commercial break i don't think people understood the domino effect. now inmates are threatening guards. in what way? >> they are saying we know where you live. we know where your family lives. we can retaliate if in fact we choose to. it's a threat that the officers, they come to work, they do their job. and now they've got to worry about when they go home and their families' safety. >>gretchen: there are 8,000 active and retired new york preponderance of the police officers currently living in your county. what is your feeling about gun ownership legally put out? >> i think it jeopardized all the good people of rockland county as
friday that he made about hurricane sandy. >> people of engler. >> louisiana senator david viter says harry reid revealed himself to be an idiot. this time gravely insulting the gulf coast residents. katrina and sandy were horribly destructive storms and by any measure katrina was the worst natural disaster in history. it cost 1800gettes and $1.8 billion in daniel. sandy caused 131 deaths and $65 billion in daniel. reid says he simply misspoke. >>> here is a stark contrast. pentagon assessment of the planned budget cut as part of fiscal cliff deal and sequester would yep diaz national security. and a $247,000 float in tournament of roses parade. the "washington guardian" rolls last week was the first time the pentagon sponsored float in the parade. lawmakers hoping to trim the budget are looking everywhere. you may remember defense secretary leon panetta wrote the impact of the planned cuts would be the e stating saying we'd have to redoubt the size of the military sharply. in a lengthy statement to fox news, pentagon chocked up expenses to recruiting young people and honoring veteran
and the events in sandy hook was overwhelming. it was a slaughter of the innocence. the crucial turning point of what ought to be a dialogue in three areas and the assault weapons and the high capacity magazine clips should be what we will do about mental health care services for people in this nation. i applaud the vice president and the commission. it appears to be far reaching in scope and my hope is what they will recommend is that we do ban assault weapons and the high capacity clips and we take a look at the mental health services in our schools and professionals and providing greater access to mental health services. to take a look at the loopholes and also we ought to begin. i don't have specifics, but we ought to begin about what are the culturings that glorifies violence. >> he said it doesn't have to be all or nothing and we would rather do something than nothing. we have advocates who point to the same issues with violence and movies and the television industry and the video games. all of those are warranted of our attention and doesn't need to be all or nothing. that seems to be
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on the horizon? what does this have to do with superstorm sandy? we'll tell you. martha: new concerns whether president obama's pick for defense secretary might signal a return to a troubling time in u.s. history. we're going to talk about that. bill and i will be right after . [ fishing rod casting line, marching band playing ] [ male announcer ] the rhythm of life. [ whistle blowing ] where do you hear that beat? campbell's healthy request soup lets you hear it... in your heart. [ basketball bouncing ] heart healthy. great taste. mmm... [ male announcer ] sounds good. it's amazing what soup can do. martha: well back in court more than one year after the most high-profile murder trial in recent history. casey anthony acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old little girl, kaley, back in 2011. her lawyers plan to appeal lying to the authorities. remember she said her daughter had been kidnapped by a baby-sitter named zenida? remember that story? it took up a lot of time and energy for that investigation. all of that drew widespread media attention. found eventually not too far from the family's ho
on the struggle for sandy relief, and who's paying the price for the rancor on capitol hill? >>> a new and defiant call to war from the leader of syria. listen to that cheering and chanting crowd which greeted president bashar al assad in damascus, as he gave a rare personal speech to the country, his first since june. assad called for mobilization in this fight, compared rebel forces to al qaeda, and dismissed national efforts to mediate the crisis, saying syria refused to be, quote, puppets of the west. >>> west coast headlines are next with a price strike in a new health care law, which was supposed to prevent any kind of strike. >>> plus the challenges for chuck hagel's nomination as defense secretary. is he worth fighting for? >>> some head linlines making n out on the west coast. the yakima herald republic in washington state has this headline. "gop looks more divided post cliff." it's about how headlining party may not be able to negotiate the debt ceiling. >>> and the press democrat has "health care rates spike," it's about health care companies seeking big premium increases for customers
on lawmakers in washington to quickly pass aid for hurricane sandy relief. he focused most of his state of the state yesterday on the storm that reshaped the jersey score line. he understood the delayed response in federal funding when compared to other disasters. >> we, as a state, have waited 72 days, seven times longer than the victims of hurricane katrina waited. one thing i hope everyone in america now clearly understands, new jersey, both republicans and democrats, will never stand silent when our citizens are being shortchanged. we have stood with the citizens of florida and alabama, mississippi and louisiana, iowa and vermont, california and missouri in their times of need, now i trust they will stand with us. >> christie also said washington could learn a thing or two from new jersey about the art of compromise. >> we've had our fights. we've stuck to our principles. but we have established a governing model for america, that shows that even with heart-felt beliefs, bipartisan compromise is possible, achievement is the result, and progress for our people is the payoff. maybe th
and compared the devastation caused by superstorm sandy to that of hurricane katrina. while taking lawmakers to task for not approving sandy relief sooner, reid said katrina was nothing in comparison to sandy. in fact, katrina was responsible for more than 1,800 deaths. sandy claimed at least 113 lives. >> probably smart to give that apology for harry reid there. >> absolutely. >>> it is 5:19 in the morning. time for "early read," your local news making national headlines. to connecticut, the mayor of stratford wants a new school that's going to be built there to be named for victoria soto. you'll remember she was the first grade teacher at sandy hook elementary who tried desperately to shield her students from adam lanza's murderous rampage. soto was one of the six adults killed along with 20 children. she was 27 years old. she was a lifelong resident of stratford, connecticut. this was the woman who grew up wanting to be a teacher, and she achieved that goal and by all accounts she was a marvelous educator. >>> who can forget -- or you can forget about landing tickets to this year's inaugu
on the leadership and the sandy bill, but you all are coming in on the backend obviously of the fiscal cliff negotiations. who is really empower ed in thi congress? >> well, i think that we saw clearly that representative canter holds heavy sway over a significant portion of the caucus, but as we saw in the vote that happened on thursday, speaker boehner maintains the loyalty of the majority of the members of the caucus, but we won't see that struggle end. i think that the struggle will continue. and frankly, from someone sitting on the other side of the aisle, we all as democratic freshmen were surprised in wonderment as we watched it, because it seemed like a lack of strength in unity and it is continuing to be fracture rouse and it will cause problems for them as we move forward. >> yes, jamal. if we look at what elected john boehner no the speaker position, it was not a unanimous vote, and even some votes cast there for all alan west. >> that is my favorite vote. >> and yes, david walker got one in there. >> and colin powell got one. >> yes. and what does that tell us about where boehner
of the school victims. three weeks ago today gunman adam lanza viciously opened fire inside sandy hook elementary school gunning down defenseless children, defenseless adults. nearly two years ago, representative giffords was shot in the head in a mass shooting in tucson, arizona, she has become a gun control advocate and straight ahead, 19,000 people missing in massachusetts you heard right, who are all the missing people and why are they costing taxpayers millions and millions of dollars? that shocking story is next and also foreign tourists flocking to maternity hotels in southern california. what are maternity hotels and why are pregnant women staying there until they give birth? that's coming up. can a judge order a woman not to have any more children? that even legal? we'll ask our world famous legal panel. you don't want to miss what they have to say. i know you got to go in a minute but this is a real quick me, that's perfect for two! campbell's chunky beef with country vegetables, poured over rice! [ male announcer ] campbell's chunky soup. it fills you up right. ♪ ooh baby,
and planning to oppose the next round of victims of hurricane sandy you best not have the title porker of the month on your resume. unfortunately, it's too late for kansas republican lynn jenkins who posted this on facebook yesterday. i hope congress will devise a plaen to directly help sandy victims that will be offset with spending reductions and be free of wasteful pork barrel spending. jenkins was one of 67 house republicans who voted against last week's sandy bill, but flashback to april 2009, jenkins scored the porker of the month award from the citizens against government waste. well, the group took jenkins to task for requesting earmarks for her own constituency, $2 million worth in a 2010 appropriations bill. $2 million in pork. >>> finally, a big win for bill clinton and it's not political. his daughter chelsea is already carrying on as a successful person in her oun right but all the same, bubba just scored the honor of father of the year for the national father's day council. a statement from the organization says with the profound generosity, leadership, and tireless dedic
surprised by the ferosity of the debate? >> the sandy hook massacre is one of the worst mass shootings in modern history. 20 school children murdered by a deranged young man whose mother had six is weapons at home knowing he was disturbed and he took those weapons and committed an atrocity. if you can't do something about the gun magnets in america after something of that magnitude. i think it is good it is trending on twitter for 36,000. it is good that people see his rant and it is good that people see the ugly side of the extreme elements of the gun lobby in america because they have had their way far too long. this is not about taking away an american family or parent's right to have a gun at home to protect themselves or a family. that is what the second amendment is about. it is not about these killing machines. and nor is it about magazines as in the case of the shooter in aurora. that is why he was able to kill so many people. then there are other issues involving the reduced funding for mental health and the gun sales in america having no background checks. it is absolute luna
with the families of the school victims. 3 weeks ago today, adam lanza viciously opened fire inside sandy hook elementary cool, gunning down defenseless children and adults. nearly 2 years ago, representative giffords was shot in the head in a mass shooting in tucson, arizona. she has become a gun control advocate. straight ahead, 19,000 people missing in massachusetts. you heard right. who are all of these missing people? why are they costing taxpayers millions of dollars? that shocking story is next. foreign tourists flocking to maternity holeho teles in california. what are maternity hotels hoteld why are women staying there until they give birth? can a judge order women not to have more children? is that even legal? don't miss what our legal panel has to say. people really love snapshot from progressive, but don't just listen to me. listen to these happy progressive customers. i plugged in snapshot, and 30 days later, i was saving big on car insurance. with snapshot, i kn what i could save before i switched to progressive. the better i drive, the more i save. i wi our company had something
like relief bills for hurricane sandy. congresswoman lynn jenkins posted on her facebook page. i hope congress will devise a plan to directly help sandy victims that will offset -- that will be offset with spending deductions. now, congresswoman jenkins says she's against pork. but citizens against government waste named her porker of the month in april, 2009. how did she earn the title, parker of the month? look at representative jenkins earmarks in 2010 alone. she sponsored 13 earmarks that total totalled a lot of money. so how do you're mark what would be considered pork. but because you're dealing with another party and you're dealing in states that may be blue, all of the sudden, you have concerns about pork? that is part of a relief bill. >> and this is another schism in the republican party that we're seeing more and more. the way they're treating these blue state republicans. they're driving blue state republicans out of their party. and the few that are left in are hugely mad. at the same time, they're also reintroducing a repeal of obama care. reintroducing the funding plan
frustrating, i got angry. i was so very passionate, following what happened at sandy hook, as we all were. and my position on what should be done about gun control, i've been advocating for a long time. so this to me was a tipping point. and to hear them continue to espouse this, you cannot touch any guns philosophy, i found very frustrating. with alex jones, i took a different tact. my tact was to try and show that i could be a listener, that i would give him the time to explain, articulate his position, but instead, he didn't want to debate anything or discuss it. but i found it illuminating that during his rant, you got a real sense of what an element of the more extreme gun activists in this country genuinely believe. they believe that their government will perform as a sort of tyranny and overthrow them or try to, and that is why they all need to be heavily armed. and that's what he believes. that's what his followers, to his pretty well-listened to show believe. and i think sometimes, you have to give people just enough rope to tie themselves into a large, pretty unedifying not. and
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continued to increase to push for relief on hurricane sandy. >> what specifically do you want your party in washington to learn? >> well, i mean first off, that something like sandy is and was above politics. >> according to a new national ppp poll, 51% of registered voters view governor chris christie favorably, 23% of them view him unfavorably. chris christie is actually more popular among democrats than republicans. 52% of democrats view him favorably, 23% unfavorably, just 40% of republicans view him favorably, 20% unfavorably. the governor is popular among independents. 18% unfavorably. today, the governor did not rule out a run for president. >> what are the prospects of that run? >> the call comes in 2016 you will be ready? >> listen, i will be more ready than i was in 2012. >> krystal ball, that is as much of an i'm running statement that you could make this far ahead of 2016? >> yes, i think that is right. obviously, about all the press he is embracing and being on the cover of "time," et cetera, that is not specific for him to win re-election in new jersey. you do notice after
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, games such as these have zero, zero connection to mass killings such as the massacre at sandy hook school, which ignited the current discussion on guns and gun violence. jay thomas, emmy award winning actor, sirius radio talk show host, welcome back to the show. good to see you. >> thank you. >> let me read something that i read here from a psychologist. this is christopher jay ferguson, writing after the sandy hook massacre, writing in "time." there is no good evidence that video games or other media contributes, even in a small way, to mass homicides or any other violence among youth. on the other hand, let me mention this, you have senator jay rockefeller leading this charge against the industry. he wants an investigation into video game violence. jay thomas, where do you come down on this? >> you know, forget where i come down on it, i have three boys and they are from 19 to 30, and they play these video games all the time. i think it is all lip service because it is so much money involved. i mean, "call of duty" did a billion dollars like in a matter of months. and so it will
. sandy and i, from the onset, have not been focused on the shooter. we're going to let the justice system deal with him. we trust that. fortunately we don't have any hatred toward him. he is a troubled soul. and our main goal now is to try to prevent further atrocities, massacres, by doing something in the legislature to prevent these massacres from occurring over and over and over again. >> yes. yes. i understand you're going to washington, sir, tomorrow to meet with the vice president. what do you hope to accomplish? >>i hope to put a face and some emotion into the appeal to the american people to please not be apathetic toward this problem that our country has, and let's do something about some sensible gun laws, and to tell the american people that we do not want to take guns away. i have a shotgun to protect my home. i don't plan on giving it up. but i would like to see assault weapons, high capacity magazines, background checks, those three factors, if we could get something done, i think we would be going a long way as a country to improve what we're facing now with these massacres
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criticized harry reid for saying superstorm sandy was worse than hurricane katrina. vitter tweeted, "sadly, harry reid has revealed himself to be an idiot." senator reid said he misspoke. >>> a group critical of president obama's choice of chuck hagel to be secretary of defense has purchased the website domain chuckhagel.com. they attack his views on israel and other topics. >>> at the news conference announcing his nomination, outgoing defense secretary leon panetta joked about his decades in washington and his future plans. >>> the time has come for me to return to my wife sylvia, our three sons, their families, our six grandchildren and my walnut farm. dealing with the different set of nuts. >>> and that's your morning dish of "scrambled politics." now here is bill karins. >> that was good. >> that was a good line. >> i don't think that was scripted. i think that was off the cuff. >> it went over very well. >> wasn't sure if he should say it in front of the president or not. >> he's getting out anyway. >> good morning, everyone. our january thaw continues. it felt like march across much
you have hurricane katrina and hurricane sandy is they were unprepared. it is better levies or making york more prepared. not cutting carbon emissions. john: and letting people prosper to move away. last year headlines screamed genetically modified foods caused tumors in rats. it looks like he eight a tennis ball. but of of the kinds of rats usually develop tumors 90 percent of the time. >> they said we gave them genetically modified foods but they forgot to say with normal food there were also developed a tumor. it is irresponsible. but it focuses on the wrong solutions. john: leading some countries to reject it hurting the pork people. "newsweek" warned us the end of casa social unrest could explode in china. if we want to keep eating pasta we have to take aggressive action. it seems like a joke. >> you can also not believe the story which is ridiculous. >> they do have a grain of truth that fundamentally wheat is the most heat intolerance species. that is true. their word as temperatures rise we cannot produce wheat. we have seen that over the last 30 years it is not proven. temper
. in colorado following the aurora movie shooting and after sandy hook school shooting there was less interest in buying guns. other democrats say the time to act is now. >> the public will not allow the new normal for mass shootings every month. >> but top republican says there are higher priorities. >> biggest problem right now is spending and debt. that is going to dominate between now and the end of march. none of these issues will have the kind of priority that spending and debt are going to have over the next two to three months. >> aides plan to move forward with his agenda in a timely fashion but leading republicans in the house in addition to spending and debt, jobs are another top priority suggesting the g.o.p. is slamming on the brakes on the gun issue. >> bret: the president and his team gear up for a fight over the newest recruits to the scene. we'll talk about with the fox all-stars when we come back. %. mmmm tasty. and cut! very good. people are always asking me how we make these geico adverts. so we're taking you behind the scenes. this coffee cup, for example, is computer anim
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